After the acquisition of virtualization technology provider Foedus, VMware has announced the acquisition of Thinstall, a firm specializing in application virtualization technology.
An excerpt from CRN:
Thinstall allows almost any application to be virtualized and installed on a portable USB stick, Chen said. Users can then take the USB stick and plug it into any desktop or portable PC to run that application without the need to install or download any client agents or application software. When the USB stick is removed, the application disappears from the PC as if it was never there in the first place.
Thinstall's application virtualization technology adds to VMware's portfolio and is being considered as a move to better compete against Citrix and Microsoft.
Dan Kusnetzky of ZDnet has written an insightful analysis of VMware's new buy and its expansion plans.
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VMware buys application virtualization joint (Register)